MACC No plans to arrest Dr M yet

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has no plans yet to detain former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over allegations of corruption.

(NST) – Its chief commissioner, Tan Sri Azam Baki, said the investigation on Dr Mahathir was still ongoing.

“We do not have plans to arrest him yet, we are still conducting investigations,” he told the media after the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Strategies (NACS) 2024-2028.

On April 25, Azam had confirmed that Dr Mahathir was a subject of a graft investigation, and was being probed together with his two sons, businessmen Tan Sri Mokhzani and Mirzan.

He had said both Mokhzani and Mirzan had been issued with notices to declare their assets under Section 36 of the MACC Act 2009.

The MACC had said the notice was issued in relation to the “revelations” obtained from the Panama Papers and the Pandora Papers.

Mokhzani was later investigated under the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Both men had claimed they were ordered to assist in investigations into their father, whom they alleged was the target of the MACC probe.

Meanwhile, Azam kept mum on the renewal of his contract as MACC chief commissioner, which ends this month.

“I do not want to make any speculations. I still have time until May 12, which is my birthday. Whoever wants to give me a birthday present, they can,” he said in jest.